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Video: Sinkless Sink?

Posted on 29 March 2018 by cradmin

As has become a tradition here, we always seek out something strange and unique for our April video post, and this year is no different. This has to be one of the strangest “sink” videos we have come across. While it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense and we aren’t even sure it would be approved as up to code, this is someone’s actual installation. It appears this may not be sanitary or easy to clean, as far as the “drain” is concerned, and it may cause more messes than it can be used to clean, but to each his or her own.

So without further ado – the sinkless sink. Enjoy!


You may also be interested in last year’s strange April countertop/kitchen/bath video.

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Festool Introduces New CT Dust Extractors

Posted on 28 March 2018 by cradmin

Festool has introduced several newly updated models of its CT Dust Extractor product line which feature smooth suction hoses, optimized SYS-Dock with cord holder, T-LOC function and optional Bluetooth connectivity with remote control.

Many of Festool’s existing CT models can be retrofitted with the Bluetooth modules and remote starters and the new smooth hoses can be used with almost the entire CT product line.

The new smooth suction hose and optimized SYS-Dock with cord holder and T-LOC function for conveniently connecting SYSTAINERs to the mobile dust extractor features:

• The new suction hose is perfect sliding over edges, improved handling and a longer service life. With new CLEANTEC extraction sleeve for a secure fit on the tool.
• The CT 26, CT 36, CT 36 AC and CT 48 can be individually retrofitted with a Bluetooth module for remote operation via a remote control on the suction hose or a Bluetooth battery pack when working with Festool cordless tools.

The optional Bluetooth modules and remote controllers now enable you to benefit from Festool’s virtually dust-free system when working with Festool cordless products, too:

• Ideal for occasional cleaning tasks without having to change the CT Dust Extractor from AUTO to       MAN mode.
• Start the CT Dust Extractor with the remote control directly on the suction hose.
• The Bluetooth module communicates with Festool Bluetooth battery packs. The CT Dust Extractor is started automatically when the cordless tool is switched on.

You may also be interested in this article Oneida Air Systems Introduces Dust Gorilla Pro

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$ave Money Using Overstock, Remnant and Discontinued Solid Surface

Posted on 27 March 2018 by cradmin

By Kathy O’Lochlayne at

One of many walls of solid surface remnants in the warehouse

How often do you find yourself rummaging through your solid surface remnant inventory for a color the right size for a job that may not require a full sheet? Have you considered using discontinued or overstock material for a job where you can influence the material to be specified? Below are a few resources on where to find some of this budget-friendly material and potentially save quite a bit of money for yourself and/or your customers.

To help illustrate an example of how one might save, let’s say you bought enough sheets of DuPont Corian® Tumbleweed for a new project. The specs changed midstream and you were just 30 in. short of material to finish the job. Your choices would be to purchase another full sheet, at roughly $700, or find a smaller sheet online for approximately $300 (including shipping)–that would be a savings of $400.

Save on Small and Large Projects

Other ways to save using overstock, remnant and discontinued material might include:

  • Those projects where you need just another few feet of material to finish the job; or
  • Smaller, limited-budget projects, i.e., when the customer wants a 4 ft. vanity top, your pricing can be more competitive by purchasing a partial sheet, rather than having to include the full sheet cost in your quote; or
  • Large jobs where a color category is specified, but not a specific color, and you can select from overstock, seconds or discontinued colors that are heavily discounted.

Solid Surface Resources

While, offers the largest selection of remnant, overstock, discontinued, and material in one location, there are several other resources we’ve found for this type of material: by Moraware offers a fabricator-to-fabricator resource in a classifieds-style marketplace; some fabricators offer remnant inventory through their websites; many distributors and manufacturers often have lists of discontinued materials; and last, but not least, you might (or might not) be surprised at what you can find on Ebay.’s centralized inventory contains a wide variety of quantities of full and partial sheet remnants (drops) acquired from sources such as fabricators, millwork houses, distributors, and manufacturers in the solid surface industry. Additionally, offers acrylic, made in the USA, seconds, called Select Grade, that match the colors of Corian®.

Time-Saving Benefits

Also consider the time-saving benefits of using an online resource:

  • Quickly and efficiently locate hard-to-find solid surface sheet material in full and partial sizes.
  • With a few mouse clicks, and the use of the product filter, a package or pallet with your selection can be on its way to you that same day.
  • If you’re in a time crunch, you can even out-source a custom vanity top through’s 10-business-day vanity program, ensuring quick turnaround times and built to your specifications.
  • For large, multi-sheet jobs where customers are less concerned about color than they are about price, you can purchase from a large selection of full sheets as low as $299/sheet, in bulk quantities, with free shipping for 3+ sheets.

Selection, Selection, Selection

With more than 20,000 thousand pieces, representing more than ½ million square feet, in an untold number of colors from 12 recognized brands, finding the right size and color quickly is accommodated by the multi-option filtering system, all of which can save you time and money.

Choose from DuPont™ Corian®, LG HI-MACS®, Aristech™ Avonite®, Samsung™ Staron®, Formica® Solid Surface, Livingstone®, Wilsonart® Solid Surface, Hanwha™ Hanex®, Mystera®, Basix® and Meganite®.  Among these brands, 8 offer their full line of current colors, in case you don’t already have a source for a particular brand.

Your Overstock Inventory

When it comes to warehousing inventory, naturally you may want to keep your valuable accumulation of partial and overstock material (even though it’s already paid for in the original project price).  But, if you don’t have the space, or the extra time and labor it takes to measure, catalog and organize your partial and overstock sheets, consider using as a resource pool.  Avoid landfill waste by reducing, reusing and recycling solid surface excess material.

For more information, visit

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Natural Stone Institute Announces 2017 Pinnacle Award Winners

Posted on 26 March 2018 by cradmin

2017 Pinnacle Award Winners

Filipe Pereira (Zaha Hadid Architects), Colin Addley (Port Morris Tile & Marble), and Chiara De Luca (Marmomac) with 2017 BSI President Daniel Wood and 2017 MIA President Jon Lancto.

The winners of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards were announced at the Natural Stone Institute Awards Ceremony during TISE 2018. For the tenth year, a Grande Pinnacle Award was presented to the best overall project. The 2017 Grande Pinnacle Award was presented to Port Morris Tile & Marble (Bronx, NY) for their work on the 520 W 28th Street Lobby Feature Wall in New York City.

Envisioned and designed by late renowned architect Zaha Hadid, the 520 W 28th Street project is a an upscale residential condominium building developed by New York City real estate firm, Related Companies. Apart from the stone work in the condominium’s luxurious apartments, the client also commissioned the engineering and execution of a feature stone wall and matching floor design in the lobby area.

Eleven Pinnacle Awards of Excellence were also awarded during the ceremony.

Commercial Interior awards: Euromarble from Carrara, Italy for their  work on Brookfield Place Tower 2 in Perth, Australia; Camarata Masonry Systems Ltd from Houston, Texas, for their work on 609 Main in Houston; Masonry Pte. Ltd. from Singapore, for their work on the Guoco Tower in Singapore.

Commercial Exterior awards: ROCAMAT Pierre Naturelle from L’lle-Saint Denis, France for  their work on The Russian Orthodoc Spiritual and Cultural Center of Paris; Coldspring from Cold Spring, Minn., for their work at Boston Children’s hospital in Boston, Mass. and their work on Riverside Roundabout in Los Angeles; ABC Worldwide Stone LLC from Brooklyn, NY for their work on Perry World House in Philadelphia.

Residential awards: 3D Stone Inc from Bloomington, In. for their work on V House; Stones and Roses International Co. Ltd from Samutprakarn, Thailand for their work on Baan Phetkasem in Thailand.

Revnovation/Restoration Awards: Marmi Natural Stone from Norcross, Ga. for their work on Recreation Pier Baltimore in Baltimore, MD; H E Satterwhite from Richmond, Va. for their work on Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools at the Carter G. Woodson Education Complex located in Dillwyn, Va.

You may also be interested in this article about winners of the 2017 Neolith Design Competition

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Learn Experience & Network at Coverings ’18

Posted on 23 March 2018 by cradmin

coverings 2018Coverings, the largest tile & stone exhibition in North America, is bringing its most impressive products, networking and conference programming to Atlanta, May 8-11. And, it’s all FREE!

As a fabricator, it’s imperative that you stay at the top of your game. From managing tight timelines and executing complicated installations, to understanding the newest trends in stone and operating the best fabrication equipment, you have a lot to juggle.

Coverings 2018 can assist you with all that and more. Register now for free and join more than 26,000 industry professionals and 1,100 global exhibitors at The Global Tile & Stone Experience.

Here is a sampling of the 45+ FREE conference sessions that need to be on your “must attend” list:

• Developing Our Workforce: Engaging the Next Generation for the Tile and Stone Industry
• Five Aggressive & Affordable Digital Strategies to Dominate Your Local Market
• Growth and Opportunities: Controlling Your Healthcare Costs over the Next Two Years
• Managing a Family Business
• Overstocked? Learn to Deal with It and Even Capitalize on It
• Stone Trends: A Historical Perspective
• Town Hall Meeting I: What General Contractors & Specifiers Are Saying about the Stone & Tile Industry?
• Why Choose Natural Stone
• Women In Stone – A Stone Project Model

View the full Education schedule here.

The show features and networking events at Coverings provide attendees with unique opportunities to learn, grow and connect. In addition to bringing back popular show features like the Stone Fabricators Alliance and the Stone Zone, here’s what’s new and interesting at Coverings 2018:

• Industry-wide Celebration at the College Football Hall of Fame
• Online New Product Showcase (app-only feature)
• The Installation Experience
• Global Monumental Hand-Print Mural
• Show Floor Happy Hours – extended on opening day to 6:30 pm

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Health & Safety Watch: Registration Open for OSHA Summer Summit

Posted on 22 March 2018 by cradmin

A full-day safety conference for both employers and employees will take place June 14 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Experts from across the country are holding workshops at the OSHA Summer Summit, which is sponsored by the Safety Council of Western New England, American Society of Engineers, Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, OSHA and the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Keene State College.

The topics you can choose from at the event include the following:

  • Drugs in the Workplace
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Fall Protection
  • Engaged and Empowered – Everyone Leads
  • Emergency Preparedness – Preparing for the Apocalypse
  • Safari Risk Assessment – Learning Situational Awareness
  • Basic Electrical
  • Safety for the Frontline Worker – LOTO
  • Developing a Safety Culture in Construction
  • Machine Guarding
  • Walking, Working Surfaces

The early-bird fee is only $40 per person before May 1. For further information about the event, visit the OSHA Summer Summit webpage, or click here to register.

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BLANCO Adds to Fireclay Collection

Posted on 21 March 2018 by cradmin

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of sinks and faucets, has introduced CERANA® II Fireclay Apron Front Sink. The CERANA II aims for durability and versatility with its artisan hand-finishing techniques and high-firing temperatures. The CERANA II’s reversible design features two different corner styles allowing for a choice of contemporary or traditional décor applications. BLANCO CERANA II features an ultra-durable gloss surface, a stainless steel bottom sink grid included, center drain location and a limited lifetime warranty.

The new sink is available in both 30 in. and 33 in. single bowls with White and Biscuit color options. Additional accessories include 3-in-1 Basket Strainer, sold separately.

You may also be interested in this article Native Trails Offers Pinnacle Apron-Front Sink in Brushed Nickel Finish


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Neolith Expands Global Production

Posted on 20 March 2018 by cradmin

Neolith TheSizeSpain-based company TheSize, manufacturer of Neolith, continues its global expansion with several key initiatives in 2018. Plans for this year include an added production line, showroom openings and a new logistics warehouse. The company plans to enhance support of the brand’s network of distributors, architects, designers and fabricators.

Increases in sales and visibility in commercial and residential projects has prompted the expansion of Neolith’s production capacity. Neolith will start operating a fourth production line during the first quarter of 2018 at its headquarters and manufacturing factory in Castellón, Spain, This additional line, which will manufacture slabs in 3mm and 6mm thicknesses, makes Neolith the only brand to have five kilns exclusively devoted to sintered stone.

Neolith is dedicated to customer accessibility and first-class shopping experiences with distribution locations in more than 80 countries and hundreds of major metro showroom sites. In 2018, the brand will open additional showrooms in key cities around the world, including: Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, Japan; and Ramallah, Palestine; with more locations planned throughout Europe, Latin American and Asia in the coming year.

The 2018 opening of a Neolith logistics warehouse in London, England will improve product accessibility and shipping lead times for European markets. The warehouse’s proximity to shipping ports and to the high concentration of distributors throughout Western Europe provides a logistics advantage. Carrying a centralized stock of Neolith’s most in-demand SKUs, the London warehouse opening is a strategic expansion designed to open up storage space for distributors and result in faster delivery times for projects.

In 2017, Neolith also opened a warehouse in Norfolk, Va. to provide the same logistics benefits to the U.S. market, particularly on the East Coast.

You may also be interested in this article about Federal Brace’s new warehouse.

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Caesarstone Unveils Three New Colors

Posted on 19 March 2018 by cradmin

Cloudburst Concrete

Caesarstone has unveiled a trio of white quartz surface selections. The varying white tones include tactile finishes and aim to add depth to surfaces. Providing durability, these new colors are suitable for both  residential and commercial designs. The new colors include Cloudburst Concrete, Frozen Terra and Intense White.

Cloudburst Concrete’s surface delivers a tactile effect of a concrete-like feel. The white on white tonal cloud-like patina, with its low-reflective surface, provides design flexibility by lightening up a space and evoking a refined, urban aesthetic.

Frozen Terra is a classic, neutral-colored white base that is embellished by glimmers of black basalt and translucent grey quartz. Frozen Terra fuses the playfulness of terrazzo with the robustness of concrete.

Intense White is a petite design, is mosaic inspired, and features a bright white base. Intense White is further elevated by a ‘lightly textured’ concrete finish that adds depth and interest.

Caesarstone surfaces are nonporous, durable, mold and mildew resistant, and scratch-, stain- and heat-resistant.

You may also be interested in this article Radianz Quartz Adds 19 New Colors


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Moraware Introduces Systemize

Posted on 16 March 2018 by cradmin

Systemize-Job-detail-pageMoraware has introduced Systemize, a scheduling software for countertop fabricators. Systemize enables consistent communication in the office and the fabrication shop.

Making sure that tasks get done well and on time is a key to success. Systemize helps keep activities organized and streamlined. This software will allow anyone who answers the phone to immediately tell a customer the status of their job.

Bottlenecks in processes can be addressed to ensure that issues get dealt with and to reinforce a consistent workflow. Systemize reporting lets a business view important details and measure what was done last time so it can be improved upon the next time. Reporting can also help determine useful things like which install crew is most effective and which crew generated the most repair calls.

Right now, Systemize is only available to new customers. Those already using Moraware JobTracker or CounterGo will need to wait for Systemize as the company gets everything in place to allow a migration for existing customers.

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